Three Endowed Chairs/Professorships
Three Endowed Chairs/Professorships to lead our role as
an HSI research university that advocates for
The University of Texas at San Antonio
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is a distinguished Hispanic Serving Institution committed to advancing the next generation of leaders from Hispanic/Latino and other historically underrepresented groups by being a model for student success, a great public research university, and an exemplar for strategic growth and innovative excellence (see https://www.utsa.edu/strategicplan/). A Top 25 Rising Young University (Nature Index, 2019), UTSA is a proud part of the University of Texas System, known worldwide for its quality and impact.
Critical to our success as an HSI Research University committed to institutional excellence and innovation, this year’s Strategic Faculty Hiring Initiative program is designed to advance our national role as an advocate for equity and inclusion by inviting applications and nominations for three endowed chairs (or professorships, depending on the candidate qualifications) which are new, tenured faculty positions in multiple colleges. These endowed chairs in Engineering, in Health, Community and Policy, and in Sciences together will deepen and broaden UTSA’s capacity in impact-focused research that promotes educational success, research excellence, community health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on marginalized groups. Successful candidates will have demonstrated (1) research competencies and capabilities commensurate with an endowed chair/distinguished tenured professor appointment levels in the relevant college/department(s) of interest, (2) exemplary dedication to inclusion and diversity in all of its forms, and (3) leadership experience with collaborative teams and success in federally funded transdisciplinary efforts. Given the role of diverse leadership in enabling pathways and serving as a role model for students from historically underrepresented groups, applications and nominations of diverse candidates from historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.
Endowed Chair/Professorship in the College of Engineering
UTSA Engineering is poised to become a national leader in educational research and academic excellence for underrepresented populations. This endowed chair/professorship is strengthened by a rich team of engineering researchers with notable educational awards from NSF, DOD, NASA, NIH, and others; a new Center for Excellence in Engineering Education Research (CEEER); and programs with growing gender and racial diversity positioned in a region with even greater diversity, all of which lay the groundwork for creating a unique Master’s Program in Engineering Education focused on enabling the success of Hispanic, first-generation, female, and Black students. This program will serve two populations:
- K-12 education experts seeking training and expertise in engineering science concepts, and
- Engineering graduates seeking training in pedagogical expertise for increased learning in higher education settings.
Please contact Dr. JoAnn Browning (JoAnn.Browning@utsa.edu), Dean of the College of Engineering, and Dr. Bernard Arulanandam (Bernard.Arulanandam@utsa.edu), Vice President for Research, Economic Development & Knowledge Enterprise (VPREDKE), for nominations or questions.
Endowed Chair/Professorship in the College for Health, Community and Policy
UTSA launched the new College for Health, Community and Policy (HCaP) in January 2020. The college came about as a result of the work of the university’s Human Health Initiative to bring together departments and programs to collaborate across disciplines and with communities to solve the complex problems associated with human health. Embracing the Hispanic-thriving and urban-serving missions of UTSA, HCaP will be a leader in transdisciplinary, community-engaged, collaborative research, teaching, and policy development that improves the lives and wellbeing of diverse populations.
This Endowed Chair/Professorship in community-engaged health equity and inclusion will serve as the nexus for leading public health and biomedical innovators to provide real world instruction, thoughtful leadership and domain expertise to solve problems in health equity and inclusion. We seek an eminent scholar leader who focuses on the social disparities of health in at least one of the College’s departments (joint appointments are welcomed) and who can not only lead their own work, but also be a catalyst for collaborative team building to deepen the impact within and outside the university. The candidate may focus on health inequities at the individual, relationship, community, neighborhood or societal level.
Successful candidates will have demonstrated success in federal research grants that address the social, cultural and structural determinants of health, particularly as they relate to urban locations. This community-focused position is expected to leverage strengths throughout San Antonio to develop research that can positively influence the health of the larger San Antonio community, as well as other communities within the larger ecosystem.
Please contact Dr. Lynne Cossman (Lynne.Cossman@utsa.edu), Dean of the College for Health, Community & Policy, and Dr. Bernard Arulanandam (Bernard.Arulanandam@utsa.edu), Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise, for nominations or questions.
Endowed Chair/Professorship in the College of Sciences
Our changing climate is one of the most urgent issues facing our world now and for the foreseeable future. It is driving fundamental changes in all aspects of macro-biological and environmental systems on the entire planet. In turn, those changes impact all aspects of human activity – from food production and living environment design to governance – all of which impact equitable distribution of finite resources. These challenges are particularly profound in South Texas, Bexar County, and San Antonio given existing structural economic and political inequities related to race/ethnicity. As a community-minded, HSI research university, UTSA must be a scholarly leader in all aspects of meeting this challenge.
To that end, the endowed chair/professorship in the College of Sciences (COS) will nucleate our leadership at the interfaces of biology, ecology and environmental science systems, as they open windows on the impact of climate change on our local community. The ideal candidate would be a well-recognized scholar with a national reputation for teaching and scientific research related to environmental impacts of climate change on the communities and ecosystems in the semi-arid and arid southern borderlands of the United States. At this macro-system level, the key technical challenge is the collection, organization, modeling, and/or analysis of large datasets with high dimensionality. Hence, we are particularly interested in someone who is well versed in the application of integrative approaches, using mathematical modeling and data analytics, and transdisciplinary-based inquiry to enhance our understanding of the climate system, nutrient cycles, ecosystem functions, and biodiversity. While advancing their own research program, this eminent scholar will work with other UTSA scholars and community leaders on collaborative projects that address such basic scientific issues as well as community impacts of climate change.
As a pacesetting sciences faculty member within a Hispanic-thriving and urban-serving institution, the chair holder will simultaneously be someone who shares UTSA’s excitement, commitment, and willingness to constantly innovate to prepare students from disadvantaged and/or underrepresented communities for the 21st century workforce of San Antonio, South Texas, and the world. The successful applicant will be a tenured professor within the College of Sciences (COS) with a joint appointment in the Department of Mathematics and one of the life sciences departments.
Read more about this position and COS, including new asset-based, experiential and culturally aware pedagogical approaches and multi-college/multi-institution units relative to this position here. To apply, click here.
Please contact Dr. David R. Silva (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dean of the College of Sciences and Dr. Bernard Arulanandam (email@example.com), Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise, for nominations or questions.
Successful candidates will have a research and teaching record befitting appointment as an endowed chair or professor (appointments with tenure are contingent upon Board of Regents’ approval) and demonstrated commitment to, and progressive record of, championing inclusion and diversity. Moreover, the successful candidate(s) must demonstrate their ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of diverse urban populations and support the university’s commitment to thrive as a Hispanic Serving Institution and a model for student success. Leadership experience with collaborative teams and success in federally funded transdisciplinary efforts also are required. A doctoral degree in a related field relevant to the position description is required. Compensation will be commensurate with applicant qualifications. Given the positive impact of diverse leadership in inspiring, mentoring, and enabling successful outcomes for students from historically underrepresented groups, particularly those who identify as Hispanic/Latino, candidates from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Qualifying candidates will be considered for funding from the Texas state Governor’s University Research Initiative (GURI) as well as The University of Texas System’s Faculty Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STARs) program.
Nomination and Application Instructions
Nominations should be sent to the contacts listed above for each position.
Applicants should submit their application packages via the UTSA HR website under the corresponding link provided above. Application packages must contain the following: (a) curriculum vitae, (b) teaching and research statement including a discussion of the role equity and inclusion play in an academic environment (four-page limit), (c) copies of three publications, and (d) complete contact information for at least three professional references.
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Applications received by January 15, 2021, will be given first consideration; applications received after that date will be reviewed until the position is filled. Applicants selected for interviews must show proof that they will be eligible and qualified to work in the United States by the time of hire. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Tenure is contingent upon Board of Regents’ approval. UTSA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.
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